FRANKLINTON -- All you need to know about Megan Carper comes from an experience last Saturday.
As part of Franklinton’s girls track and field team, Carper participated in the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Cardinal Gibbons High School -- across the road from the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Because she was a member of the 4x400 Relay Team, Carper had to stay the entire time at the event, as that relay always closes a track meet.
LOUISBURG -- It didn’t take long for the Louisburg Warriors to assert their standing as one of the top seeds in the East Regional Bracket of the Class 1-A State Boys Baseball Playoffs.
Just one inning, to be exact.
The high-powered Warriors pushed across five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to defeat Cape Hatteras by a 15-0 margin last Friday in initial-round action at Warrior Field.
As adults, we are faced with difficult -- and often painful -- decisions just about every day of our lives.
We’re torn this way and that way, often times knowing that our choices will affect other people -- either for the good of bad.
Young people, however, should be void of having to encounter such circumstances.
But at Franklinton, eight student-athletes have been forced to make a tough decision -- with hard feelings sure to occur either way.
TARBORO -- Bunn’s first-round draw in the Class 2-A State Baseball Playoffs wasn’t the usual round-one opponent.
Granted, the Wildcats had an opening-round home game -- a luxury plenty of teams in the bracket would have loved to possess.
But the opponent wasn’t a pushover, as a tradition-rich Tarboro program was scheduled to invade the BHS Baseball Field last Friday night.
RALEIGH - After their undefeated regular seasons, the hits just keep coming for the Franklinton boys and Bunn girls track and field squads.
Franklinton, under the direction of veteran mentor Trent Sanders, will be represented by three boys athletes at the upcoming Class 2-A State Track and Field Meet, slated for this Friday at North Carolina A&T University.
To qualify, athletes needed to earn Top-Four finishers at last Saturday’s Mideast Regionals at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
Heidi Drew Hatcher and Robert Lynn Belisle were married March 21, 2009 during a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Sutherland House in Wake Forest. The Rev. Tom Eldridge was the officiating minister.
The bride is the daughter of Tim and Vickie Hatcher of Bunn.
The groom is the son of John and Dorie Belisle of Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Lynne Person of Louisburg graduated summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) from East Carolina University on May 9 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a minor in Exercise & Sport Science.
Tyler Whitaker Pollock of Louisburg graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville on May 8 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting.
He is a graduate of Bunn High School.
Tensie Janine Taylor has been awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award (CHASS). This award is presented to only one outstanding graduating senior in the Communication Department at North Carolina State University.
Qualifications for this award include service to the community, service to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, organizational leadership, volunteer activities, and a commitment to raising the visibility and prestige of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State.
CREEDMOOR - Veronica Hagwood Trogdon, 55, died Monday, May 18, at her home. Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Eakes Funeral Home chapel in Creedmoor by the Rev. Tom Lamm, Chaplain Eric Raddatz and the Rev. Eddie Mauldin. Burial will be at a later date.
WAKE FOREST - Mary Crabtree Schneller, 84, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 18, in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home in Wake Forest, with the Rev. Al Thomas officiating. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.
LOUISBURG - Alice Faye Champion died Friday, May 8, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Saints Delight Church, 565 Firetower Rd., Louisburg.
LOUISBURG - Lillie Crawley Allen, 77, died Saturday, May 16, 2009. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Spaulding Resource Center Auditorium, Spring Hope. Interment will follow in the Lettuce Hall Baptist Church cemetery.
DURHAM - Charles Edward Medlin, 66, died Saturday, May 16, 2009. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 20) at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Roger Owens and Ginger Thomas presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
FRANKLINTON - William Albert Upchurch Sr., 71, died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Laurels Nursing Home at Forest Glenn in Garner. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 19, in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Creedmoor, with the Rev. Lemar Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Carolina Memorial Gardens.
CARY - Jessie Perry Teague died Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Glenaire in Cary. A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, May 19, at Glenaire.
Franklin County authorities continue to look for suspects accused of breaking into a home at gunpoint.
The suspects may have struck at least twice.
Residents at 74 Hummingbird Way in Franklinton told police that two black men with guns kicked open a side door and broke into the home at about 9 p.m. on Thursday.
LOUISBURG - Funeral services for James Edward Manley Jr., 61, who died Sunday, May 17, 2009, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Jerrod Lowry officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Street Cemetery.
The county’s Tourism Development Authority held its first meeting in years where members didn’t consider a grant application.
Members used the time to look in-house and set a course for a broad approach to luring tourists to Franklin County.
“We want to look at patterns,” said Tourism Development Authority (TDA) Chairwoman Patricia Glatt.
“As we enter this (fiscal) year, we want to look at, ‘What is our pattern of expenditures?’
By later this week, you’ll have an opportunity to express your opinion about what characteristics a new Franklin County Superintendent of Schools should have.
The school board, which met mostly in a closed-door session Monday night to discuss whether and how to hire an interim superintendent, agreed that a survey for both the public and school employees is appropriate.
Last Week’s Poll
What should the BOE do?
In selecting a new Franklin County Superintendent of Schools, the board of education should:
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of the nearly 500,000 American children who are living in foster care because their own families are in crisis. Over 10,000 of these children live right here in North Carolina.
Through our work with these amazing children and teens, we know how resilient they can be. Children have an extraordinary capacity to overcome many challenges – but only if they have the support of caring adults in their lives.
I hear the Republican Party leadership is acting like Democrats again and therefore trying to lose another election. That’s right, the Republican Party is trying to loose another election.
Some of the leadership of the GOP is going around the country trying to find out what the American people want.
Beginning next year, environmental health workers may be able to get away with this gem of an excuse: “Honey, I’d like to come home and watch (insert name of Chick Flick here), but I’ve got to go hang out at a bar.”
Well, not exactly.
Beginning on Jan. 2, smoking in public places, such as bars and restaurants, will be prohibited and costly.
And who has the responsibility for enforcing such a law?
In Franklin County, it will be the health department.
GOOD MORNING: After toying around with spotty light showers for the past few weeks, Mother Nature finally delivered substantial and much-needed rain out my way Sunday — 1.8 inches minus the smidgen or two that fell Saturday.
And better yet, I got out of mowing the lawn over the weekend, for which I’ll likely regret later.
On the other side of the weather picture, temperatures have been a bit below my comfort range the past few days, with overnight lows dropping to 42.4 out my way early Tuesday morning.